“Access to high-speed internet is no longer a luxury, but is essential for outer Cape residents. While this has been apparent for a while, the pandemic has made it even more clear, as working and schooling from home has become a necessity for many.”
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These new initiatives will enable merchants, business owners and residents to have access to robust, reliable, affordable connectivity, they are critical to the future growth of our communities.
While these residential pilots are just that, pilots...they represent a tremendous step forward as we look to further educate towns and communities on how we can break the internet stranglehold commercial networks have on our communities. If the last few weeks have taught us nothing, when we emerge from the other side of this pandemic the new "normal" will likely be a tidal wave of employers and employees considering remote working as a viable and attractive option. We want to be sure that the Cape, Islands and Southeastern MA have the infrastructure and capabilities to offer this level of service.
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruptions to the economic, educational, medical, and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay connected. Broadband will enable them to communicate with their loved ones and doctors, telework, ensure their children can engage in remote learning, and—importantly—take part in the ‘social distancing’ that will be so critical to limiting the spread of this novel coronavirus,” said Chairman Pai.
With millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic, internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt.